…..

When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,

                                        Like this.

stars, milky way, night

If anyone wants to know what “spirit” is,
or what “God’s fragrance” means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

                                       Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

                                         Like this.

moon, clouds, night sky

When someone asks what it means
to “die for love,” point

                                        here.

If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.
                                         This tall.

The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.

                                         Like this.

….

I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.

                                         Like this.

blue, sky, starry

When someone asks what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.

                                         Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?
                                        Huuuuu.

How did Jacob’s sight return?
                                       Huuuu.

A little wind cleans the eyes.

                                    Like this.

When Shams comes back from Tabriz,
he’ll put just his head around the edge
of the door to surprise us

                                      Like this.

Above Rumi Poem is from: The Essential Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.
Images (edited & Logo added): 1) Milky Way by skeeze, CC0 Public Domain, 2) Moon by Ttinoo, CC0 Public Domain, 3) Blue sky by FelixMittermeierCC0 Public Domain
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